Injectable fillers. If you haven’t tried them, you likely know someone who has.
Last week, we covered the 2017 report just released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in which injectable fillers accounted for 2.69 million procedures last year, up 3 percent over 2016. While most people opt for injectable fillers to plump their cheeks and lips, doctors are finding other areas of the body where fillers can help, like ears, nipples and yes, butts.
Traditionally, there was only one way to boost your booty: a Brazilian butt lift, or BBL. A BBL surgery uses your own fat to enhance the size and shape of your behind. First, the surgeon performs liposuction, typically taking fat from your stomach, hips and/or thighs, then uses it to lift and contour your backside.
Most people are pleased with their results from a BBL, but it’s not a simple procedure. Downtime after a BBL can be lengthy and uncomfortable. You won’t be able to sit on your butt for at least two weeks and are encouraged to use a boppy pillow to keep pressure off while you heal. You also might have to wear a compression garment for up to six weeks.
Looking for a slightly plumper posterior without the surgery and downtime? Non-surgical injectable fillers may be an option.
Sculptra butt lift
Sculptra, an FDA-approved filler for treating facial wrinkles, is made from poly-L-lactic acid to stimulate the body’s natural production of collagen. One of the latest booty-boosting techniques is injecting Sculptra into the buttocks, stimulating collagen production to create a fuller behind.
“This gives us about 50 cc’s per treatment session,” he continues. “While this is not a lot, it will fill in depressions, smooth cellulite dimples and gently shape the butt with volume and collagen stimulation.”
Like most fillers, a non-surgical butt lift requires several sessions to see full results. Cost varies, but anticipate to spend around $1,000 per vial, and most people request four to seven vials per session. Your boosted behind may cost a pretty penny.
For comparison, a BBL is approximately $6,525 according to people on RealSelf.
Can a non-surgical butt lift replace the real thing?
Some doctors are on the fence: “[I’m] seeing definite improvements, but not drastic volume changes unless a lot of product is injected,” says Dr. Josh Olson, a Scottsdale, Arizona, plastic surgeon.
Joel B. Beck, a Bay Area, California, plastic surgeon feels the same way. “I use Sculptra injections and Nova threads, “he says. “Both last about 12 to 18 months with slight improvement, but nothing compares to surgery.”
And a non-surgical butt lift has its critics, too.
“There are two main reasons why I do not use injectables for the buttocks: price and safety,” says Dr. Ricardo L. Rodriguez, a Baltimore plastic surgeon. “Buttock augmentation requires large volumes of injectable material. … In the face, where small amounts of injectables yield a good result, this makes sense. But at the price point for injectables to make an impact, injection of fat makes much more sense.”
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